Office Systems Technology

Program at a Glance

The Office Systems Technology Program at Pearl River Community College is a two-year program of study designed to lead to a Career Certificate, Technical Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science Degree.

  • The Office Systems Technology program prepares the student for a variety of entry-level positions in a professional office environment.
  • Specialized courses are available in integrated computer applications utilizing the latest versions of Microsoft Office, business financial systems, accounting software training, business communication skills, desktop publishing skills, and office procedures training.
  • The Office Systems Program is offered completely on-line as well as in a face to face classroom setting.

What can I expect from a career in Office Systems Technology?

  • According to the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of general office clerks is projected to grow by 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
  • Employment will grow as employers increasingly hire administrative support workers who can do a variety of office tasks rather than a single, specialized task.
  • There are many career choices in Business and Office Systems Technology. Professional career positions include administrative assistants, office managers, data entry specialists, office technologists, receptionists, orientation experts, telephone operators, file clerks and more.
  • Administrative assistants rank among the largest occupations in the U.S. economy. The employment of administrative assistants will vary by occupational specialty. Employment growth is expected for medical, legal, accounting and executive administrative assistants.
  • Salary ranges are based on demographics. The median hourly wage nationally for general office clerks was $12.79 or $26,610 annually in May 2010. Locally, entry-level employees (receptionist) can expect to earn $8.00 - $10.00 per hour or $16,000 - $21,000 annually.

For additional career information: Department of Labor Occupational Outlook: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/